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Scientists at the University of Washington have developed a gene therapy that prevents the process through which axons (nerve fibres) destroy themselves, in mice.
The innovative gene therapy may lead to new treatments for peripheral neuropathy which is associated with a number of neurodegenerative conditions, such as Parkinson's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
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Gene therapy is the use of DNA as a pharmaceutical agent to treat disease. It derives its name from the idea that DNA can be used to supplement or alter genes within an individual's cells as a therapy to treat disease. The most common form of gene th...
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Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition, affecting one person in every 500, 95% of which are over 40. It is caused by degeneration of more than 70% of the substantia nigra, which depletes the dopamine (the neurotransmitter involved in pro...